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Welcome to this week's Wednesday Briefs.
This is a raw (unedited) m/f time travel romance. It's a 500 to 1,000 word excerpt inspired by have your character make a promise, plus the photos below. Chapters 1 through 5 are available on the free read tab at top of blog.
Sian's heartbeat jumped as J'dol tensed then jerked upright. She popped her eyelids opened and looked at him. His expression was white with fear and confusion. He rubbed his throat as he cast his gaze around the room.
She placed a comforting hand on his arm. "What? What's the matter?"
"I…do not know. Something is very wrong." He shifted her to sitting on the couch then stood. "I sense…evil."
"Evil?" A tremor shuddered through her.
"Something…a hand. A cold, wet…dead hand grabbed me. Gripped my throat like it wanted to kill me." His placed his hand on his throat.
Sian glanced around her living room. It was one of her favourite rooms in the cottage. The big fireplace, the massive front window and the shelves and more shelves lined with books. Her refuge from reality – her books. Old friends she liked to snuggled down with.
She gave herself a small shake. Forget about the books! Standing in front of you is one sexy man that you've fallen in love with. He has a problem. Focus!
Another flash of lightning illuminated the room. Hehehehe.
Sian snapped her head toward the direction of the eerie cackle. "What the hell was that?"
J'dol grabbed her arm and pulled her close. "Stand there."
She could sense the alert tenseness in his body.
"We must search the house to see if someone has entered. Stay close to me."
She tapped his arm. "We should set the alarm so no one can enter while we are upstairs." She followed him into the kitchen. "You set it. If you are going to live here—"
He glanced at her. Giddiness flitted through her as she was positive a brief smile passed over his mouth.
"Flip the panel open. Press three, seven, four, nine and one."
J'dol opened the control panel, glanced at the pad and then at the floor.
"Oh crap. I forgot. I'm sorry, J'dol. Do you remember the number sequence?"
"Okay. Good. I'll point at the numbers and you press them." She lifted her index finger and pointed at the little white key with a three on it.
When J'dol had completed entering the code, the alarm system beeped three times and was silent.
"That means it is set. No one can enter or exit the house without setting off the alarm. Which is connected to the police department. Also, if they open or break a window, the alarm will sound. To shut the system off, press the same numbers."
J'dol pressed the keys in the correct sequence. The alarm system beeped once.
"One beep means it has shut off. Three beeps means it's armed."
He reset the alarm then led Sian on a search throughout the cottage. He politely insisted she remain in the hallway as he searched a room. When she questioned why, he explained, "If there is someone in the room and I startle him, he could grab you. I cannot fight him if he has you. I cannot protect you. I have made a vow to protect you. You saved my life. I will use mine to keep you from harm."
"And I can see watch to see if someone tries sneaking from room to room. Wow. You're pretty smart."
Sian wasn't positive she heard him as he entered her bedroom, but she thought she heard him whisper. "And you are beautiful."
She stood in the doorway and watched as he searched her closet, under her bed and then stand, glancing about.
"What?" She kept her voice low.
"I am thinking and listening. Is he somewhere in this room I haven't thought of?"
He? Sian gulped. Ian?
J'dol stepped passed her, crossed the hall and entered the room he had slept in. He repeated the search pattern in each room until he was satisfied no one lurked upstairs. He hurried down the stairs then requested she sit on the bottom step. "I get it." She dropped onto the second last step. "Make sure no one goes upstairs."
J'dol searched the living room, dining area and kitchen. He returned holding his sword. "I am going outside to check. Come with me and set the alarm. Only open it after you check it is me and I…scratch the end of my nose. If I do not scratch my nose. Do not open the door."
Sian nodded. "Let me get my cell phone. If you don't scratch then I call the police.
He entered the kitchen, pressed the code and listened for the single beep. A crack of thunder sounded overhead.
"Oh! This damn storm. When is it going to end?" Sian grabbed her phone and gripped it in her left hand. She stood near the alarm panel. "Okay. I'm ready. You be safe."
J'dol placed his hand on the doorknob, turned it, pulled the door open and stepped out into the storm.
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